So often in class when I’ve asked the girls to summarize the tafsir of a Surah from Juz `Amma their typical response will be the Surah tells me to be a better Muslim or I should do more good deeds. While there is nothing wrong with such statements, it’s time to look into what they mean in practical terms.
So introducing…Barakah Bags. A modest attempt at introducing community activism to my Year 8, 9 and 10 Arabic students at Al Barakah Saturday school.
From the blog
The aim of this community project is to distribute on the go packs to homeless individuals in our communities. Many charities will feed the homeless once a week but distributing Barakah bags ensures that on the other days the homeless have the essentials they might need.
Example of a Barakah Bag
I want to start with the girls at Al Barakah saturday school and the vision is to inspire other schools and Islamic study circles to take part. Eventually, I hope that the idea will catch on outside the UK.
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I was brought up on the saying: “the hand that gives is better than the hand that takes” which has led me to seek out ways to be the giver. Sometimes, one is not in the position to give financially, in which case, I believe that it is vital that we seek ways to still give to people and to society at large, and to give in creative ways.This is a value that I have tried to instil in the girls through the ayaat that we have come across in Juzz `Amma. So it’s time to practice what I preach.
I have signed up to do the NZF Winter Walk 2015 Challenge.
Here is an introduction to the National Zakat Foundation from their website:
The National Zakat Foundation is a ground-breaking initiative which aims to utilise Zakat funds and voluntary donations collected in the United Kingdom for the benefit of local, deserving recipients.
This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of our community, including widows, orphans, refugees, the aged as well as the homeless.
I am a strong supporter of giving locally and so NZF would be my charity of choice. I am also a volunteer blogger for NZF (Blog) and now that I’ve worked in their office, I can fully appreciate the need for such an initiative.
If you have benefited from this blog in any way, please consider sponsoring me for the walk. Head over to my fundraising page at: http://www.nzf.org.uk/Champion/GetProfile/3c7c03d9-8774-4603-a77d-4a2cc8568afc
Jazakallah kheir! 🙂